US Military Reports 55 Zika Cases, but True Number Could Be Much Higher

New reports are saying that the number of Zika cases among the US military is rising fast. The total number (as of mid-August) is now 55, with 14 new cases having been reported in the last few weeks. This is according to the Pentagon. In addition to these numbers, there are reports that 12 dependents have also been diagnosed with the disease. This is an increase of 5 from the reported cases of early August. The Pentagon reports that all of these cases are “travel related” and that none of these people contracted the disease within the continental United States.

It should be noted that there are suggestions that the true number of cases among both active duty military and dependents may be much higher. It is estimated that only around 20 percent of those who have the disease actually seek medical care. For many, the symptoms of Zika mimic the symptoms of a cold or flu, including headache, rash, fever, joint pain, and pink eye – according to the Centers for Disease Control. In other words, many of those who may have the disease may not know they have it.

MosquitosAccording to the DoD, of the military personnel diagnosed with Zika, one service member is pregnant. The Zika virus, as you probably know, has been linked to certain birth defects. The CDC estimates that Zika is present in over 70 different countries, some of which US personnel visit or are stationed at. As of mid-August, the CDC reports there have been around 1,650 Zika infections in the US (again, this number may be very low).

The DoD has begun work on 27 bases to reduce the breeding grounds of the mosquitoes that cause Zika. They have also offered to move military dependents who may be in Zika-prone areas to other locations.

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Robert Partain

Robert Partain

Robert Partain has been a professional writer for over 25 years. He spent ten years on active duty in the Army working as a medic and training NCO. While he covers any topic associated with military life, he specializes in writing about legislation that can affect active duty service members and veterans. Robert currently lives in the small town of Arab, Alabama.
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